Are you ready for Part 4 of Tasty Goodness? I thought after my post about turning theme parties into a way to give back to your community, I should give you the recipes used in my Doctor Who theme party I hosted a couple of months ago. Of course, all of this can be made without the Doctor theme. (It isn’t as much fun though.)
Moisturize Me Lasagna
This one is a super easy and simple way to put together lasagna. The amounts you’ll need really depend on how big your baking dish is, and personal preference
Lasagna Noodles (I like the oven ready ones. Less work!)
- Marinara Sauce
- Ground Beef (optional)
- Ricotta Cheese
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Frozen Spinach (Optional)
- Red Bell Pepper
- Black Olive Slices
Preheat your oven to 350. Brown the ground beef and drain off excess fat before mixing the meat with the marinara sauce. Spread a little marinara sauce (without meat) in the bottom of your baking dish to prevent sticking, and lay an even layer of noodles in the bottom of the pan. You can leave a little space between the noodles (the noodles swell a little when cooking), but make sure you don’t over lap them. On top of the noodles, spread a thin coating of meat sauce. Drop a few spoonfuls of ricotta over the meat sauce, space them out (otherwise you run out of ricotta!). If you’re using spinach, make sure the spinach is thawed and gently patted dry to remove excess water. Layer the spinach over the ricotta and top with another layer of noodles. Repeat this process until you reach the top of the baking pan, ending with a layer of meat sauce. Spread grated mozzarella cheese on the top of everything. Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour.
If you don’t like ground beef, you can replace that with ground turkey or even buffalo. If meat just isn’t your thing at all, just use spinach. Some of the best lasagna I’ve ever eaten was made with spinach! Be careful not to burn the roof of your mouth!
After the lasagna is out of the oven, you can assemble Cassandra’s face using two slices of radish, two slices of black olive, and a red bell pepper cut to look like lips.
Bow Ties are Cool Pasta
- Bow Tie Pasta (actually you can use any kind of pasta you like)
- Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
- 5 Cloves of Garlic
- Olive oil
- Fresh Basil
- Fresh Mozzarella (optional)
Cook the pasta according to directions on the package. While the water is boiling for the pasta chop the garlic and brown in a skillet with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. (Watch the garlic closely. It can burn quickly and will get bitter!) Slice 1/3 of the tomatoes and cook them over medium heat with the garlic until the tomatoes release their juices. Toss the cooked pasta with the tomatoes and garlic. Tear fresh basil on top of the pasta and toss in some pieces of fresh mozzarella (because why not?). Now let’s eat!